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Neural Development
August 17-22, 2008
Salve Regina University
Newport, RI
Chair:
Samuel L. Pfaff

Vice Chair:
Piali Sengupta

The 2008 Gordon Research Conference on Neural Development will take place at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, on August 17-22, 2008. The conference is an interactive environment for students and professors to exchange ideas and present recent findings on development of the nervous system. The oral presentations at the meeting will cover a range of invertebrate and vertebrate systems and describe results using multi-disciplinary approaches including molecular-genetics, imaging, and physiology. The program includes sessions on stem cells, cell fate specification, gene regulation and patterning, neuronal migration, axon pathfinding, glial development, developmental disorders of the CNS, and the formation of synapses and neuronal circuits. Poster sessions are also an important feature of the meeting where lively discussions take place and some posters will be selected for oral presentations.

Newport is a lovely summer resort, famous for its mansions, beaches and boating. Salve Regina University is beautifully located at the cliff walk within walking distance from Narragansett Bay and the city centre.


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 11:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pm Genetic Control of Circuit Formation I
Discussion Leader: Paul Garrity (Brandeis University)
7:40 pm - 8:05 pmCori Bargmann (Rockefeller University)
"Olfactory Learning and Circuit Development"
8:05 pm - 8:15 pm Discussion
8:15 pm - 8:40 pmCatherine Dulac (Harvard University)
"Pheromone Circuitry and Behavior"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pm Discussion
8:50 pm - 9:15 pmAlex Schier (Harvard University)
"Dissecting Sleep Circuits Using Genetics"
9:15 pm - 9:25 pm Discussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm Gene Regulation and CNS Development
Discussion Leader: Sam Pfaff (Salk Institute)
9:00 am - 9:25 amSoo-Kyung Lee (Baylor University)
"Transcriptional Networks Controlling Neuronal Subtype Identity"
9:25 am - 9:35 am Discussion
9:35 am - 10:00 amFrank Polleux (University of North Carolina)
"Exploring the function of human-specific gene duplication events in cortical development"
10:00 am - 10:10 am Discussion
10:15 am - 10:45 am Group Photo (10:15 am) / Coffee Break
10:45 am - 11:10 amJerry Crabtree (Stanford University)
"Chromatiin remodeling in neural development"
11:10 am - 11:20 am Discussion
11:20 am - 11:45 amJeremy Dasen (New York University)
"HOX Regulation of Motor Neuron Identity"
11:45 am - 11:55 am Discussion
11:55 am - 12:20 pmYi Sun (UCLA)
"Chromatin Regulation and the Control of Neural Differentiation"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I (odd number posters)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Neural Progenitors and Glia
Discussion Leader: Yi Sun (UCLA)
7:30 pm - 7:55 pmMagdalena Gotz (LMU Munich, GSF Institute)
"Astrocyte-Neuron Lineage Decisions"
7:55 pm - 8:05 pm Discussion
8:05 pm - 8:30 pmShai Shaham (Rockefeller University)
"Genetic Control of Glial Development in C. elegans"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pm Discussion
8:40 pm - 9:05 pmMasato Nakafuku (Cincinnati)
"Transcriptional Networks Controlling Glial Fate"
9:05 pm - 9:15 pm Discussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm Neuron Morphology and Growth I
Discussion Leader: Dietmar Schmucker (Dana Farber Cancer Institute)
9:00 am - 9:25 amGreg Bashaw (Univ. Penn.)
"Axon Navigation at the Drosophila Midline"
9:25 am - 9:35 am Discussion
9:35 am - 10:00 amSue McConnell (Stanford)
"Molecular Cues Controlling Axon Guidance and Cell Migration"
10:00 am - 10:10 am Discussion
10:10 am - 10:35 am Coffee Break
10:35 am - 11:00 amLarry Zipursky (UCLA)
"Role of DSCAM in Axon Patterning"
11:00 am - 11:10 am Discussion
11:10 am - 11:35 amYuh Nung Jan (UCSF)
"Dendrite Patterning"
11:35 am - 11:45 am Discussion
11:45 am - 12:10 pmFrank Gertler (MIT)
"ENA/VASP in Cortical Neuritogenesis"
12:10 pm - 12:20 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session II (odd number posters)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Stem Cells and Cell Fate
Discussion Leader: Shai Shaham (Rockefeller)
7:30 pm - 7:55 pmGian Garriga (UCB)
"Asymmetric Cell Divisions in Progenitor Cells"
7:55 pm - 8:05 pm Discussion
8:05 pm - 8:30 pmHongjun Song (Johns Hopkins)
"Integration of Neurons from Adult Stem Cells into Brain Circuits"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pm Discussion
8:40 pm - 9:05 pmSu-chun Zhang (U. Wisc.)
"Differentiation of hES Cells"
9:05 pm - 9:15 pm Discussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm General Discussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm CNS Disorders and Development
Discussion Leader: Lou Reichardt (UCSF)
9:00 am - 9:25 amLuis Parada (UT Southwestern)
"Neurotrophin Signaling in Von Reckinghausen’s Neurofibromatosis (NF1)"
9:25 am - 9:35 am Discussion
9:35 am - 10:00 amJoe Gleason (UCSD)
"Lissencephaly and the Molecular-Genetics of Cell Migration"
10:00 am - 10:25 am Coffee Break
10:25 am - 10:50 amDavid Katz (CWR)
"Dysregulation of gene expression in Rett Syndrome"
10:50 am - 11:00 am Discussion
11:00 am - 11:25 am Johan Ericson (Karolinska)
11:25 am - 11:35 am Discussion
11:35 am - 12:00 pmWilliam Mobley (Stanford)
"Neurotophin Signaling in Downs Syndrome and Battens Disease"
12:00 pm - 12:10 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session III (even number posters)
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
(Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Neuron Morphology and Growth II
Discussion Leader: Soo-Kung Lee (Baylor)
7:30 pm - 7:55 pmWesley Grueber (Columbia)
"Mechanisms of Dendritic Morphogenesis and Patterning"
7:55 pm - 8:05 pm Discussion
8:05 pm - 8:30 pmYimin Zou (UCSD)
"Wnts and Ephrins in Anterior-Posterior Axon Navigation"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pm Discussion
8:40 pm - 9:05 pmTill Marquardt (ENI, Gottingen)
"Axon-Axon Interactions and Pathfinding"
9:05 pm - 9:15 pm Discussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm Cell-Cell Communication/Signaling
Discussion Leader: Mei Zhen (Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute)
9:00 am - 9:25 amDavid Ginty (Johns Hopkins)
"Ret signaling and development of DRG somatosensory neurons"
9:25 am - 9:35 am Discussion
9:35 am - 10:00 amAaron Diantonio (Wash. U.)
"Genetic Studies of Synapse Formation"
10:00 am - 10:10 am Discussion
10:10 am - 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 10:55 amGabriel Corfas (Children’s Hospital/Harvard University)
"Roles of GPR56 in Brain Development"
10:55 am - 11:05 am Discussion
11:05 am - 11:30 amAnirvan Ghosh (UCSD)
"Targeting Synaptic Connections in the Cerebral Cortex"
11:30 am - 11:40 am Discussion
11:40 am - 12:05 pmBruce Carter (Vanderbilt)
"Neurotrophic Signaling, Cell Death, and p75 Processing"
12:05 pm - 12:15 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session IV (even numbered posters)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Genetic Control of Circuit Formation II
Discussion Leader: Piali Sengupta (Brandeis University)
7:30 pm - 7:55 pmMaria Feller (UC Berkeley)
"Neural Activity and the Assembly of Retina Circuits"
7:55 pm - 8:05 pm Discussion
8:05 pm - 8:30 pmJosh Sanes (Harvard)
"Development of Retinal Circuitry"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pm Discussion
8:40 pm - 9:05 pmMartyn Goulding (Salk)
"Neuronal Networks Required for Spinal Locomotor Circuit Formation"
9:05 pm - 9:15 pm Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

Funding for the conference was made possible in part by 1R13 MH084305-01 from the National Institute of Mental Health. The view expressed in written conference materials or publication and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official materials or policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

This project was supported by NIH Research Grant 1 R13 MH084305-01 funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

 
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